Veterans Memorial Hall doubled as a dance hall Friday night as concert goers dance the night away. Photos by Glenda Svendsen

Rockin’ the Country delights a big crowd

Singing, dancing and guitar pickin’ rocked our neck of the woods when Rockin’ the Country brought 20 local performers together for a concert accompanied by the band Timeless last weekend. Jaw dropping vocals truly belied the tiny entry fee at this amazing event. More than two hours of live music and local vocals had the crowd clapping, stomping and kicking up their boots.

The purpose of the concert was threefold: fundraising for Best of Broadway, showcasing local talent and simultaneously giving concert-goers a reason to get up and dance.

Maria Mankins totally rocked the house during the Rockin’ the Country concert with a spirited performance of “Keep Your Hands To Yourself.”

Originally organized by Lisa Bernard, the concert has provided much needed improvements and maintenance for the Best of Broadway production.

This year’s concert was orchestrated by show director Shawn Anderson, and the event went off without a hitch even with such elaborate props as the vintage Honda Twin Star motorcycle that was rolled in for a couple of numbers. There were solos, duets and trios with each performance engaging and amazing the audience.

Best of Broadway Board President Carla Dollar reflected, “Lisa Bernard’s vision for this fundraiser has come to life due to Susanville’s fervent support for performing arts and the incredible talent featured in these concerts.

“Many volunteers also helped make this event possible. Every individual involved at all stages of this project embodied the love and leadership Lisa Bernard has invested in this production.”

American Legion Post 204 hosted a cash bar downstairs, and many local businesses contributed the cool raffle prizes including a flat-screen television, jewelry and a Pro 22 Traeger Grill which was won by Debbie Gibson.

An incredible line-up for Rockin’ the Country included a rousing rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” by Jessica Scroggins, Angela House packed the dance floor rocking Bob Seger’s “Night Moves”, and Phil Fetterman nailed a Johnny Cash impersonation with “Folsom Prison Blues.”

The ridiculously talented Emily Vorlicky soloed with Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Simple Man,” and mastered a moving duet with Phil Fetterman, “How Great Thou Art”, and she harmonized “All Summer Long” with Gwenna MacDonald and Michelle Ngotel.

Throughout every number Vorlicky entertained and amazed. She hit all the right notes. After hitting a particularly high note, a young child gushed in admiration, “Wow! She’s been practicing!”

Out of the mouths of babes …